Inside a hard, sometimes rough, exterior is a layer of soft tissue capable of producing gleaming white spheres desired around the world.
Our newest release, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, is a tribute to the magical mollusks that not only cultivate gemstones, but are also crucial to the Chesapeake Bay’s fragile ecosystem.
Proceeds from Pearl Necklace, a dry stout brewed with local oysters, benefit the Oyster Recovery Project.
Why is oyster recovery so important?
- Disease, habitat loss, and overfishing have reduced the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to a mere 1% of its historical peak. That’s right, one percent!
- Oysters are filter feeders. They used to be able to filter the entire Bay in a matter of days; now, it takes years.
- A healthy oyster population provides a habitat for other (delicious) Bay creatures, like striped bass, perch, and blue crabs.
- Even oyster shells are a limited natural resource. They are a natural habitat for new oysters and essential for oyster hatcheries.
What can you do to help?
- Drink Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout!
- Make sure your favorite oyster bar or restaurant is participating in the ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance.
- See how you can donate and get involved by visiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s website.
With it’s coalition of partners (including yours truly), the ORP has revitalized hundreds of acres of oyster reefs with hundreds of millions of baby oysters.
But there’s still a lot work to be done. To the loyal legions of The People’s Republic of Flying Dog, the time to act (and drink) is now!
It all began with a couple of guys drinking beer.
That can surely be said for a lot of things. But it’s only fitting that after a few pints, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Flying Dog Brewery’s latest limited-edition brew, was born.
A dry stout brewed with local oysters, Pearl Necklace was the brainchild of Flying Dog, Rappahannock River Oysters, and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen.
“Both Rappahannock and Woodberry were great partners in educating us on the oyster issues facing the Chesapeake Bay,” our Brewmaster Matt Brophy told us. “When we became fully aware of how crucial oysters are to the Bay’s fragile ecosystem, we knew we needed to do more than just brew a beer.”
Proceeds from Pearl Necklace will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, which coordinates and conducts large-scale oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Both Woodberry Kitchen and Rappahannock River Oysters work closely with the Partnership on shell recycling programs and more.
Pearl Necklace will be released in mid-November on draft only in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
The beer’s launch will be at Woodberry Kitchen on Monday, November 14. From 6 to 9 pm, they will be pouring Pearl Necklace, shucking Rappahannock River oysters, jamming to Cris Jacobs with members of The Bridge. Tickets are $35. Space is limited, so reservations through Woodberry are required and should be made soon.
Other Pearl Necklace release parties include:
- Alewife in Baltimore, MD; Tuesday, November 15 at 6 pm
- Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD; Wednesday, November 16 at 5 pm
- Firestone’s Culinary Tavern in Frederick, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 5 pm
- Olney Ale House in Olney, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm
- Adam’s Ribs in Kent Island, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm
- Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, DC; Monday, November 21 at 5 pm
- Clyde’s of Columbia in Columbia, MD; Wednesday, November 23 at 6 pm
- Hellas Restaurant and Lounge in Millersville, MD; Friday, November 25 at 5 pm